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Address: 115-123 King Street, Norwich NR1 1QE , England
Phone Number: +44 (0) 1603 663 922
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Dragon Hall is a magnificent Grade 1 listed medieval trading hall in the...

Dragon Hall is a magnificent Grade 1 listed medieval trading hall in the heart of Norwich. In April 2015 it became the home of Writers' Centre Norwich.

Writers’ Centre Norwich is a literature development agency based in Norwich, England’s only UNESCO City of Literature. Our mission is to explore the artistic and social impact of creative writing through pioneering and collaborative projects regionally, nationally and internationally. We are audience-focused and artform-led, with an agenda of excellence, engagement and experimentation.

We are proud custodians of the magnificent Dragon Hall and we are keen to ensure that the public can still access its history. Visit us for one of our guided tours and see the beautiful carved and painted dragon in the stunning timber crown post roof of the Great Hall. Discover more about Robert Toppes, the man that built Dragon Hall, commerce, trade and civic life in the 15th century and how Norwich became England's second city. After Toppes the building was changed and adapted over the centuries and the Great Hall was lost and only rediscovered in the 1970s above the attics of a row of terraced houses and shops.

For further information and to find out when the next guided tour takes place, visit the Writers' Centre Norwich website.

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First visit to Dragon Hall in its new incarnation

This was our second visit to Dragon Hall and our first since it has been in the hands of Writers' Centre Norwich (WCN). We took advantage of September's Heritage Open Days event... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
Hitchin, United Kingdom
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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This was our second visit to Dragon Hall and our first since it has been in the hands of Writers' Centre Norwich (WCN). We took advantage of September's Heritage Open Days event to come along for a storytelling session and the launch of a local author's book. Our earlier visit took place while the building was in the hands of... More 

Thank LJHutchins
Long Stratton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

I attended a wedding party here and thoroughly enjoyed myself. The venue is beautiful with wooden beams and a nice beer garden. The toilets were very clean and the staff friendly.

Thank Ellie1302
Wymondham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Its not always open to the public as its being used for other functions so pick your time carefully. I like old architecturally important buildings and I appreciate the efforts and materials used as part of the construction process. As a timber framed medieval building it has a lot of features that are rare to find these days. I was... More 

Thank Grinandtonic
Bridgend, Wales, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

I am sure that it might be a great place to visit, but despite all current advertising and available fliers - it is now closed to visitors and now rented by some writers circle. There is no information displayed on or near the building. So trying doors, peering in through the windows does you no good. Very badly handled by... More 

2 Thank Richard T
Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

An amazing building with such history attached to it. When you are there you really get a feel for how it was back then. It's lovely to see this building has been restored so beautifully. It can be hired out for functions at a cost. There are toilets.

Thank JaxB123
Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

credit to the local authorities who have managed to preserve this medieval building`s main features (the amazing beamed roof particularly) whilst making it a usable working building. A little bit off the main tourist route it is well worth a visit (to be honest, a short visit) but by doing so you get to see a real slice of history... More 

1 Thank MattFS
Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

This museum is fascinating. Covering many years of Norwich history, it offers much information about the river, commerce, currency, and more. A wonderful walk through sociology at it's best - giving a tangible sense of how Norwich people lived through the centuries, and the influences of their times.

1 Thank sarah3329
Benfleet, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We were the only visitors during the hour or so spent in the museum. Videos are well worth watching, telling the remarkable story of Robert Toppes, medieval trade and civic life in fifteenth century Norwich. They bring to life the exhibits throughout this spectacular building.

1 Thank Gerald B
Marlow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This building is a little off the beaten track in Kings Street. but still not far from the city centre, so worth seeking out. There has been masses of archaeological and restoration work returning it to show part of what was there when a very wealthy merchant turned it into his trading hall, in the Middle Ages. There was also... More 

Thank Claire R
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

We found enough here to amuse adults and children for an hour and a half on a rainy afternoon. Lots of things to keep kids interest as well as adults.

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